April 5, 2001 |
One night after the 76ers collectively failed to show up in a blowout loss against the Toronto Raptors, three players sat out last night's game against the Detroit Pistons. Injuries forced Allen Iverson, Aaron McKie and Tyrone Hill to miss the game at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Iverson has a bruised tailbone. McKie has now been out for three games because of a strained ligament in his right knee. Tyrone Hill, one day after an altercation with Toronto forward Charles Oakley, has been sidelined by a back strain.
April 26, 2001 |
Three long days after the 76ers blew an 18-point lead and fell, 79-78, to the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, few recognized them Tuesday night. Allen Iverson hit more than 50 percent of his shots, as did Aaron McKie and Eric Snow. And despite a first-half explosion by the Pacers' Reggie Miller - one of the most prolific shooters in NBA history - the Sixers reassured a packed house at the First Union Center with a 116-98 victory. The fans were comforted to see that the Sixers can take control of this best-of-five series.
December 24, 2000 |
Allen Iverson is out for the next one to three weeks. His replacement is some guy by the name of Rodney Buford. The 76ers will probably be forced to start recently signed point guard Kevin Ollie for their next game on Tuesday against the same Utah Jazz squad that sauntered out of the First Union Center victoriously Wednesday night, 91-89. And coach Larry Brown looks as if he couldn't be happier. Awake for an 11 a.m. practice, still in full throttle by noon and energized well into the afternoon, Brown lamented the dire straits of the Sixers' present predicament.
January 22, 2002 |
With a long three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter, Allen Iverson surpassed the 10,000-point mark yesterday, although any celebration was spoiled by the 76ers' 109-98 loss to Seattle. During a subsequent time-out, the crowd was told of Iverson's achievement and many stood and applauded. Iverson seemed nonplussed by the distinction. "It was in a tough part of the game," Iverson said. "We were trying to come back. I mean, what should I do? Anyway, I was just concentrating on the game.
December 1, 1999 |
Talk about addition by subtraction; if the 76ers lose any more players to injury, they might find themselves favored to win the NBA championship. OK, so the best route to the top probably isn't for a team to lose the league's leading scorer and two frontcourt starters to injuries. But with Allen Iverson, Matt Geiger and Theo Ratliff all on the bench in street clothes last night, the Sixers again threw a bunch of spare parts onto the court at the First Union Center and somehow produced a 74-70 victory over the New York Knicks.
September 28, 2001 |
Allen Iverson, Aaron McKie, George Lynch, Eric Snow and newcomer Matt Harpring are rehabilitating injuries, so the other 13 players the 76ers will take to training camp next week should see ample practice time. That was the positive spin put on things by general manager Billy King after Iverson and McKie underwent arthroscopic surgery this week. Iverson had bone spurs removed from his right elbow and could miss the entire camp, which starts Tuesday morning at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. McKie had surgery to repair a slight tear in his right shoulder and could be out eight weeks, meaning that he would miss the start of the regular season.
November 26, 2001 |
His cast keeps shrinking. Eric Snow needs little more than a splint now to protect his broken left thumb. No more pins. No more plaster cast up to his elbow. Yesterday, before the 76ers played Toronto, Snow participated in pregame warm-ups, shooting jumpers with apparent ease. Afterward, he downplayed his progress - he shattered his thumb in a preseason game at San Antonio in October - but it appeared that Snow could be ready before the doctor's original target date of Jan. 15. "He got mad when they told him Jan. 15," Sixers coach Larry Brown said before the game, adding that Snow wants to come back sooner.
April 22, 2002 |
Many observers at yesterday's NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff game between the 76ers and Boston Celtics weren't surprised by what occurred. They had seen the Sixers enough to know that awful shooting is often par for the course. They knew that the Sixers rely on guard Allen Iverson all too much, but that the Sixers manage to pull out their share of victories anyway. A bad offensive performance? No problem. They are nothing new. But, according to the Celtics, the Sixers lost yesterday by a score of 92-82 because the Celtics played a confusing defense.
October 3, 2002 |
He has lost weight. He is trying new inserts in his shoes. He has had ultrasound treatments, massages and therapy. But 76ers center Todd MacCulloch's left foot - bothered by a nasty-sounding ailment called plantar fascitis - is still killing him. Yet, he labors on. "He's never been a ballerina," coach Larry Brown quipped yesterday after the 76ers' morning session of training camp. True. However, the redheaded Canadian has good hands, a nice move to the basket, and complete understanding of the defensive three-second rule, unlike his predecessor at center.
December 5, 2002 |
How good does the 76ers' trade with New Jersey look now? As a result of a hit he took in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving night, Dikembe Mutombo will have surgery, possibly today, to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist and will miss 12 to 16 weeks. "I thought it was the water in Philadelphia," Sixers coach Larry Brown said last night before his team hosted the Boston Celtics. And to think, Mutombo was one of the only healthy players the Sixers had during his year-and-a-half stay in Philadelphia.